Occupational Safety and Health

Relationship with the Labor Union

Since the establishment of Eisai Co., Ltd., employees have been considered the most valuable asset. To this end, and to ensure that employees feel at ease of devoting themselves to their daily work duties, Eisai Co., Ltd. has been working to maintain a fair and healthy relationship with its labor union based on mutual trust and understanding and to build a good working environment.

In recent years, talks between labor and management led to a common understanding that the government-led reforms of working style should be seriously considered, and that Eisai Co., Ltd. must set about changing the awareness of workers and exploring new plans without delay. To this end, Eisai continues to improve its working environment, for instance, by correcting the practice of long working hours and introducing a system to allow employees who have to take care of family members to have one work-at-home day on a weekly basis. Based on a healthy relationship between labor and management and by respecting each other's circumstances, Eisai Co., Ltd. and its labor union work as one to achieve the common goal of ensuring the happiness of employees and the development of the company.

Occupational Safety and Health

Eisai has established the Eisai Network Companies (ENW) Safety & Health Policies based on the fundamental principle of undertaking corporate activities with respect for human dignity and the highest priority placed on safety and health. The policies stipulate a code of conduct for safety and health in seven articles, and we prepare a Safety and Health Management Plan every year in accordance with the policies. Sharing the fundamental principle among all employees, we carry out activities to secure safety and health with the aim of realizing a workplace which will not hurt or cause sickness to anyone.

Under the Industrial Safety and Health Act, committees have been established at each of Eisai’s offices in Japan with 50 employees or more. In the committees, periodic discussions on occupational safety and health are held with labor union representatives. Furthermore, environmental safety committees have been installed at every company, and in order to eliminate industrial accidents throughout the Eisai Group, these environmental safety committees set annual plans to further improve the quality of activities and carry out monitoring of the results and issues of initiatives every six months. In the case of any industrial accident, it is obligatory to submit a report, which is then shared with all offices in order to prevent a similar accident from recurring in the future.

Similarly, major research and production facilities of the Eisai Group in and outside Japan have established their own occupational safety and health management systems and are undertaking relevant activities. These sites and facilities are striving to raise the level of occupational safety and health by appropriately operating their respective management systems and by voluntarily and continually going through the PDCA* cycle. Furthermore, risk assessments are not only carried out on new facilities and buildings, but based on the Industrial Safety and Health Act amendment in June 2016, are also carried out on positions which involve the handling of chemical substances. In cooperation with industrial physicians and health insurance associations, Eisai also engages in efforts to help its employees stay in good health and grow even healthier, both physically and mentally.

In fiscal 2016, we had more industrial accidents than we did in the previous year, but we had significantly fewer accidents that subsequently necessitated an absence from work. Efforts will continue as we seek to completely eliminate industrial accidents.

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    A method for continually improving management operations by repeating the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle.

Eisai Network Companies (ENW) Safety & Health Policies

Fundamental Safety & Health Policy

Eisai and its Group companies (hereafter ENW) place safety and health as a top priority and promote business operations respecting human life and dignity that support a work-life balance.

Safety & Health Guidelines

  1. ENW places safety and health as a top priority in all business operations and continuously pursues a policy of no accidents, injuries ordisasters.
  2. ENW places safety and health as a top priority at all stages of corporate activities from research and development, production, distribution, sales to product usage and disposal.
  3. ENW constructs and operates a safety and health management system, and promotes this in all operations.
  4. ENW complies with all applicable laws, regulations and agreements concerning safety and health, and each Group company implements voluntary standards that exceed the minimum standards set forth in the applicable laws, regulations and agreements.
  5. ENW actively introduces advanced technology to be at the forefront of safety technology.
  6. ENW shares the fundamental safety and health policy, and implements educational training to strengthen specialties at each workplace progressively and continuously.
  7. ENW actively discloses information on policies, objectives, programs and results concerning safety and health.